A bruised reed shall he not break.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. — He heals the heartbroken, and binds up their wounds. — Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place; I dwell also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always angry: for the spirit and souls which I have made would fail before me.
I will seek what was lost, and bring again what was driven away, and I will bind up what was broken, and I will strengthen what was sick. — Therefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest what is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. — Behold, your God ... will come and save you.
When your heart is broken, God is with you. For your part, you must seek Him where you are, in your sadness and misery, and reach out for His hand, which is always ready to lift you up. You can be assured that when you are at your most vulnerable, God is waiting with arms outstretched, to hold you to Himself and show you His love. If your spirit is broken, and you are sorry for the things you've done wrong, God is on your side; He's with you, not against you, and He is ready to "revive your heart." If other people are the cause of your misery, God is ready to heal you. He is seeking you now, wherever you may be--in the mountains, in the depths of the sea, invisible to everyone else--He knows right where you are, and is even now reaching out with His hand to help you. All you have to do is reach out for Him. Don't push Him away. Let His strong arms support you, His strong hands find you.
Just as someone who is in physical therapy must decide to walk again, to regain the use of his body, to strengthen himself, so must you, of your spirit. Strengthen yourself, decide to be strong, and HIS strength will pour into you.
MATT. 12:20. Psa. 51:17. ‑Psa. 147:3. ‑Isa. 57:15,16. Ezek. 34:16. ‑Heb. 12:12,13. ‑Isa. 35:4.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Damaged? Broken? God has a plan
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